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From my childhood I saw and read manga, which are Japanese comics. It all started with Dragon Ball and from there it grew. For over 10 years, I have read and watched the Japanese manga series, One piece, by Eiichiro Oda — which is currently my favorite manga. Here are some lessons I learned and expanded on in my own business and life that can also be very helpful for other entrepreneurs:
Have ambitious goals
Monkey D. Luffy is the protagonist of One piece. He is a rubber man who has eaten a devil fruit and as a result can stretch his body like a rubber. He has an innocent personality and fights for his friends and family. Luffy’s name comes from the Japanese word “ruffy”, which means “to become strong”.
One piece It’s a pirate story, and Luffy wants to become the king of all pirates. Setting this goal alone is a big ambition and a lot of work. Luffy has no idea how to do so, but he is ready to do the job and improve his own skills to achieve his goal. Your “why” is more important than your “how.” The reason he wants to become a pirate king is because, in his opinion, the one who becomes a pirate king has the most freedom of all.
Set ambitious goals too! Your goals may even scare others and be seen as polarizers, but accept that some people think you’re crazy. When I started my own business, I wanted customers all over the world, not just in Germany. I now have clients in the US, Germany, South Africa and Belgium, and this is just the starting point! I also specialize in content produced with AI. Like Luffy, who wants to become the king of pirates, I want to become a happy AI king! I want to be the reference person if you want to set up content and workflow AI tools in your business.
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Learn only from the best in the world
Luffy has received a lot of training, and part of his training was done with the famous Silvers Rayleigh, who is also known as the Dark King. Rayleigh was part of the crew of the former pirate King Gold Roger, who died. This crew has already traveled around the world and achieved what Luffy is trying to achieve. Under different circumstances, Luffy had the opportunity to train with the Dark King for a year, which he did immediately. This training improved his own fighting skills and also made his team stronger.
In the business world, I always try to work with people who are smarter than me and who have already achieved what I want to achieve. When I started, I wanted to implement digital business models, so I worked with Norman Müller and started Genius Alliance University. We have built this community of international entrepreneurs who support and grow together. Later, I wanted to position myself in the content niche AI and started The AI Nerd Journal with Thomas Helfrich. Always try to find people who have already achieved what you want to achieve and join or learn from them!
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Build a world-class high-performance computer
In time, Luffy found valuable members of the team who decided to join his crew. There’s Roronoa Zoro, who wants to become the best sword fighter in the world. There’s Nami, who wants to draw the perfect world map as a browser and more characters with very ambitious goals. They all support each other and learn from each other.
This synergy is something that always happens when high-performing people from different areas come together and work together. They support each other in their blind spots. This is also what we do at our Genius Alliance University: we try to build our community and give each other tools to grow and support each other.
High success rates are usually the ones that have a high success rate. They have the ability to work on their own and are more than happy to take on the challenges that lie ahead. They also have a high level of commitment, which is important for any team. High performance is not just about doing things, but also about setting an example for others. They are not afraid to talk and share their opinions with the rest of the team, which helps to create a culture of openness and trust.
Always remember: the greatest freedom and the greatest power belongs to the one who stands as king of his niche. You can also become an Apple or Amazon in your niche: set it as your goal, surround yourself with high results, and create a world-class team. Then you may be on your way to becoming the king of your niche.
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